Good ideas come from everywhere! And, the really good stuff appears when a mix of fine grit, some elbow grease, and a little polish is applied. When I’m not thinking about the future of food or out on a soccer field or cross-country trail cheering on our daughters with my wife – I love building, restoring, and getting out to ride bikes… all sorts of them.

My ride in the food & beverage industry has included the opportunity to build & grow award-winning brands and innovation across categories at companies big & small, including a mission-driven startup of my own. I’ve been on several Pitch Slam stages, helped to develop Gold Effie winning marketing campaigns, and have worked on products that have won Natural Products Expo Nexty Awards. On a volunteer basis, I serve on the executive team of Naturally Bay Area’s board in addition to Naturally Network’s National Board of Directors.

If you really want to impress me – make a lasagna that’s better than my grandma’s was. Or, have a try at tamales that are better than my mother-in-law’s. I dare you!